MACC going to UK to probe Felda’s London hotel buy

 |Aug 25, 2017

PUTRAJAYA: The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) is obtaining statements from overseas witnesses in the case of the purchase of a hotel in Kensington, London, by Felda Investment Corporation (FIC), its deputy chief commissioner (operations) Datuk Azam Baki said yesterday.

He said the need to get statements from these witnesses who are overseas, comprising Malaysians and foreigners, meant that the investigations cannot be completed in the near future.

“The MACC will have to go to the United Kingdom. This will involve mutual assistance. The MACC cannot simply go to another country to investigate a corruption case.

“We have to apply through our AG (attorney-general) and our AG will then communicate with his counterpart in the UK on the request,” Azam told reporters after attending a flag-raising ceremony held in conjunction with the MACC’s move to a new building at Presint 7 here yesterday.

On the case of FIC’s hotel purchase in Kuching, Azam said investigations are expected to be completed soon before the results are submitted to the deputy public prosecutor, who will then determine whether there is a case for prosecution.

The MACC was reported to have opened an investigation paper into the purchase of the London hotel by the FIC on Dec 16, 2014, at £60 million (RM330 million), a price which was believed to be far higher than the original, leading to the Felda subsidiary suffering millions of ringgit in losses.

The MACC was also reported to have started investigations into the purchase of a hotel in Kuching, after it uncovered information about it while investigating the purchase of the London hotel. – Bernama